Leamington desperate to address FA Cup woes

Leamington boss Paul Holleran.
Leamington boss Paul Holleran.

Leamington manager Paul Holleran says the importance of an FA Cup run is not lost on him.

Brakes, who have failed to win successive FA Cup ties under Holleran, enter the competition tomorrow with a first qualifying round tie against Stamford AFC.

And Holleran says the club’s lack of recent cup success is not for the lack of trying.

“Preparation-wise we try to cover all the bases,” he said.

“It’s the most important fixture in the first five or six weeks of the season and we do even more homework to prepare properly.

“Win two or three games and you’re on a cup run. It’s fine margins.

“I’m well aware that we haven’t had one for a bit and we’ll be desperately trying to make up for that on Saturday.”

Visitors Stamford have provided value for money this season with their seven Northern Premier League matches to date producing 46 goals.

The Daniels have shipped 25 of those and Holleran fully expects his side to take advantage of their defensive vulnerabilities.

“It’s a tricky one as they’re quite unpredictable. They score a few and they let a few in. But we’ve done alright at home and we’ve got enough about us to get through.”

Brakes will be without Jake Jones and Rob Ogleby tomorrow as they serve suspensions for their red cards at Biggleswade.

However, Holleran has been able to extend Will Green’s loan from Brackley, while James Fry is training with the club having completed his rehabilitation at Birmingham City following ankle surgery.